02. December 2019

Safety and Style Combine in Cembrit Cladding Range

Hospitality outlets across the country are undertaking a programme of refurbishment to update and replace their façade cladding.  This trend has been undertaken in light of concerns related to the use of certain cladding materials on public buildings and their long-term safety and integrity. Tackling this issue is complex and has already raised challenges for the cladding supply chain. In general, these challenges are short-term concerns with the long-term picture looking rosy for the industry, as cladding grows in popularity across many applications and makes inroads into the residential market.

As a manufacturer of fibre cement cladding, our primary focus has always been the safety and integrity of our products, balanced with an engagement with the aesthetic appeal and the practical considerations of using our cladding. Taking account of issues such as the appearance, installation process and safety of our products is done during the manufacturing stage. The fibre cement manufacturing process creates a material that has a concrete like strength, but at a fraction of the weight. The advantage of this is that a lightweight sheet is produced which can mimic stone or clay-based building products, without the risk of low yield or need for high temperatures in production. Being light in weight, fibre cement cladding is easier to transport and work with on-site. It is fast to install and well suited to the fast track construction methods employed in the leisure and hospitality construction sector.

Aesthetics and visual appearance are often important considerations in hotel and leisure projects. Cembrit Patina, one of our most popular large format cladding panels, undergoes a manufacturing process to achieve a range of unique surface texture and directional grain to the board.  An example of what can be achieved with Patina Sand, one of the special finishes available, can be seen on the Doubletree by Hilton hotel, a four-star hotel in Edinburgh situated between the iconic Forth Road Bridge and the Queensferry Crossing. With stunning views across the picturesque shores of the River Forth, the exterior of the hotel had to complement these surroundings while also creating a stylish, upmarket appearance.  Supplied by Dalply, one of Scotland’s leading cladding suppliers, the finished result is an impressive showcase for Patina. Dalply also supplied Patina for another hotel project located to the west along the Forth Valley at Falkirk. The Cladhan Hotel, located just five minutes from the town’s high street, had a complete exterior makeover using Patina Graphite. The result is an eye-catching new look for the hotel that further adds to its appeal.

Patina is available in a wide range of finishes and features a random shade variation from board to board that gives each project a unique finish. The product is also easy to install as it has ‘autoclaved’ cut edges which significantly reduces time on site or at the fabricators cutting facility - the more complicated the façade the greater the installation advantage and time-saving potential. During the production process, Patina also undergoes a unique impregnation period to make it ‘hydrophated’ which effectively protects it against water staining and dirt, ensuring that the façade retains its attractive appearance in both dry and wet weather conditions. For hotels looking to maintain their appearance over the long-term this hugely beneficial and appealing.

With an A2 non-combustible fire rating according to EN13501, Patina is also the perfect cladding choice from a safety point of view. The Cembrit range for hospitality also extends to inside the building where robust build quality durability are important considerations. Cembrit HD (heavy duty) board has recently been installed in the redeveloped East Stand at Twickenham, the home of England Rugby. This resilient and hardwearing board also has an impressive fire rating making it the ideal multi-use board for high traffic areas in sports stadia such as Twickenham, which on match days sees 82,000 fans descend on the stadium.  Supplied by the Hayes of Minster, HD board is installed in some of the main hospitality areas as well as on concourse walls where impact resistance is important as matchday crowds are moving in confined spaces and often in contact with the cladding.

Cembrit claddings offer a range of benefits to the architect and specifier which include a permanently beautiful design, whether for an upgrade or newbuild, due to the long-lasing colours and finishes. The safety benefits are also first class and deliver the reassurance demanded in today’s construction environment.

Cembrit offers a Cladding CPD for architects and specifiers. Interest can be registered here